We love the idea of a spa day, but we don’t have the time to spare, nor do we love the idea of paying for it.
So, we wondered will DIY face masks give us a spa-like treatment for a fraction of the price? Is it worth it to save money and concoct a skincare remedy at home?
After you try one (or all) of the homemade mask recipes you’ll agree with us that it’s worth the little amount of time and effort it takes to create your own face mask.
As a bonus, you can enjoy “masking” in the comfort of your own home (no one needs to know that you’re in pajamas or in front of the TV!).
You’ll find that certain products are perfect for creating facial masks, like avocado (moisturizing), honey (healing), yogurt (soothing) and quark cheese (brightening).
Chances are you already have some of these ingredients in your refrigerator, pantry or fruit bowl.
Other items you might use:
- Milk (soothing)
- Egg (firming)
- Olive oil (moisturizing, brightening)
- Cinnamon (anti-inflammatory)
- Turmeric (antibacterial)
- Lemon (antibacterial, brightening)
- Coffee (anti-inflammatory)
- Oats (exfoliating)
DIY face masks
Are you tired of itchy, flaky skin during the cold winter months? A deeply hydrating mask with olive oil, egg, honey, and coconut will plump up your cheeks and smooth away the rough patches around your eyes and nose.
What’s more, the smell of the coconut will have you dreaming of the summer months ahead.
If you’re the outdoorsy type and spend hours in the natural elements, your skin is probably desperate for a serious moisturizer (not to mention a dose of TLC).
The combo of moisture-rich avocado and soothing yogurt will let your skin know it’s time to relax. The addition of honey will help heal any blemishes and prevent new ones from appearing.
Of all the masks, the peel-off types are our favorites.
They are satisfying to use and the results are often the most dramatic. For example, before a big night out, mix together egg white, lemon juice, and coconut oil, spread over your face and cover with damp tissues. In just 20 minutes you’ll be ready to soak up the spotlight.
Papaya may not be your go-to for a fruit salad, but rethink it as a go-to for your face. Loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, which fight free radicals that cause signs of aging, papaya is a terrific ingredient for invigorating the skin.
Papaya is a natural exfoliator (thanks to alpha-hydroxy acids and an enzyme called papain) that gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving behind fresh, clearer skin.
There are two main reasons why honey is a key ingredient in so many DIY face masks: first of all, it’s something most of us already have on hand and, secondly, it actually works!In this recipe, honey acts as a bacteria-killing agent, while nutmeg works as an exfoliator. Just add soothing milk and you’ve got a super easy mask for breakouts.
Here’s an excuse to stock up on cocoa powder: it has anti-aging properties that make it an awesome ingredient in DIY face masks.
For example, combine ½ cup of cocoa powder with cream, honey and oats and you’re just a few minutes away from smoother, brighter skin.
If you have a busy schedule juggling work and family, it’s tough to justify a day at the spa. However, that doesn’t mean you should give up on pampering yourself now and then. Maintaining a healthy body, including caring for your skin, is key to your overall wellbeing.
Once you determine the type of facial mask will benefit you the most, it’s so easy to make and there’s no limit to how many recipes you can try.
In every case, all that’s required is a handful of everyday ingredients and about 30 minutes of down time.
After mastering one or two, you’ll be like a wizard in the kitchen, creating healing and soothing facial treatments all on your own.